The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball has sent its condolences to the family and friends of Canada’s five-time Paralympian Nancy Morin.
Morin is survived by her parents, Claudette and Claude Morin, and her brother Martin.
Morin, who died on 8 May at the age of 44, competed in five Paralympic Games, winning two gold medals at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Recipient of the Maurice Award in the category of Female Athlete in Collective Sport, presented at the Gala de Sports Québec in 2011, Morin was very moved because her idol was Maurice Richard.
Morin competed in 23 Canadian goalball championships, playing for gold or bronze 22 times. Her international record includes 33 competitions including five Paralympic Games. Morin played in 18 finals and eight times for bronze.
Morin was a repeated top scorer, both in national and international competitions. The Canadian was the proud flag bearer at the 2009 Parapan American Games in Colorado Springs, USA.
Morin was involved on the board of directors of the Quebec Blind Sports Association (QBSA), helping to fundraise for events such as the goalball-o-thon and the Course lumière. She was also a speaker in Quebec schools to introduce her passion for goalball. Loved by the students, the teachers said she was a real inspiration to young people.
All these achievements demonstrate the impact Morin had on women's sport in Quebec, but also internationally.
IBSA President Jannie Hammershoi, who herself played against Morin, said : “IBSA is deeply saddened by Nancy’s death at such a young age. Players like her, especially with her work in the community combined with international success, show what is possible when you play as part of a team. Her contribution meant that Canada were unbeatable and inspired a generation of players. We share the sadness of the wider goalball family and pass on our deepest sympathies to her family and all that knew her.”
Nathalie Chartrand, QBSA’s Executive Director, said : "At this time of COVID-19, we expect to receive a call from a relative informing us of a death. But getting a call announcing the death of an athlete who retired less than two years ago is a nightmare.”
Quebec coach Nathalie Séguin said: "Nancy was one of the first athletes I coached when I discovered goalball with QBSA almost 10 years ago. I followed her until she retired and she continued to come and help us with practices. She certainly made me grow as a coach and I try every day to instill her qualities in my athletes: combativeness, perseverance, performance by working towards a common goal. We lost a GREAT player in Quebec, not only in goalball, but in all women's team sports.”
Morin’s family wish to inform the goalball community that there will be no funeral but her parents Claudette and Claude will read any words sent to them via firstname.lastname@example.org
On 30 May, as a tribute, QBSA invites people to put a photo of Morin on their Facebook profile in memory of this great player.